Girls Golf eLeader Reflection on the Girls Golf Academy

by Dani Swaggerty

My experience at the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Academy was definitely a great one.  Even before the actual academy started, I was welcomed with open arms by all the LPGA staff. The first day was a big day for me, since this was my first trip by myself. The whole LPGA staff made it very easy for me to adjust to the unfamiliar.  As an eLeader, I enjoyed watching all the girls grow over the course of two days, and I loved being exposed to the true power of the game of golf.  The top three things that I took away from this experience were: building new and existing relationships, meeting the next generation of girls in golf, and learning more about myself.

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Girls Golf at the Maid Marian Cup in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest is over 100 years old and a thriving and very active golf community. For well over 30 years, They have hosted their own adult /pro tournament and golf pros from all over the greater Washington, Baltimore, and Eastern shore are active participants and their younger girls and boys provide lots of volunteer time as caddies and event guides.

The inaugural Maid Marian event on June 30th focused on their young girl players, and it was a huge benefit to  building their interest and appreciation for all the life lessons golf offers young women.

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Girls Golf Event Ideas for a Rainy Day

by Lynette Robbins,
Co-Site Director of Girls Golf at Hickory Swing Course in Great Falls, MT

Hickory Swing Girls Golf in Great Falls got off to a rainy day start today, but that did not stop the girls from a fun day doing activities inside! Girls broke up into small groups and rotated around each station working on various activities. At the end of the program everyone went outside for a quick photo to show off their new golf shirts, visors they decorated and the name tags they made today!

Here is a list of our rainy day activities:

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LPGA Leadership Academy presented by AXA, Day 2 Recap

by Larissa Spiess

sample_d_logoDay 2 of the Leadership Academy was filled with new activities. The girls learned about different stress factors and how to manage each one. Goal setting was practiced through different activities on the golf course. Another emphasis was on teamwork, which was strengthened through exercises such as the Human Knot. This may sound fairly easy but proved to be rather difficult. Each group exemplified exceptional teamwork, even if it took a few tries. One of the highlights was certainly the Relay Race—but not your typical race. Teams were created and it required not only teamwork, but playing to each individual’s strengths.

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LPGA Leadership Academy presented by AXA, Day 1 Recap

by Larissa Spiess

sample_d_logoWe had an amazing first day at the Leadership Academy presented by AXA. The day started early and with high energy, with instructors being introduced to their walk-in songs and quickly our first dance party erupted. The theme of the day: embrace being uncomfortable. The girls learned more about their own personality traits and how to interact with other personalities. Each session started in a classroom setting, before moving outside to apply what was learned out on the golf course. The girls learned to strike their wonder woman poses to further elevate their confidence and to realize that ANYTHING is possible. There are no limiting beliefs and each and every girl can do anything that they set their mind to. Each girl was able to not only shape the ball, but everyone got it over the wall!

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Little Girl, Dream Come True

by Jennifer Bermingham

When I was a young girl, I had a passion, I had a dream, I had an idol and it all revolved around the LPGA. I wanted to play on the LPGA and be just like Annika Sorenstam. As a junior, I used to watch the LPGA on Sunday, and write down the different golf shots that the pros successfully hit and unsuccessfully hit. I would watch how they acted both in victory and defeat. After the tournament was over, I would go to the golf course and practice the shots I watched in the tournament until I could execute them better than the pros did.

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Columbia University’s Jackie Chulya Named the Recipient of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy

Jackie Chulya

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, May 18, 2016 – Jackie Chulya of Columbia University has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy. Chuyla hails from Bangkok, Thailand, where she devotes most of her summers working and volunteering in her community.

Administered by the LPGA Foundation, the Dinah Shore Trophy Award recognizes female collegiate golfers who excel in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics – playing in at least 50 percent of the team’s scheduled events – while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. In addition, nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

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8th Annual Marilynn Smith LPGA Charity Pro-Am

Marilynn Smith founded her scholarship fund as a result of the lack of funds available to her while playing golf at the University of Kansas in 1948. Marilynn competed in the Women’s National Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. Her father asked the KU athletic director, Phog Allen, for travel expense money to play in the tournament. He said, “Mr. Smith, it’s too bad your daughter is not a boy.” This incident was the catalyst for Marilynn to establish a scholarship fund to help other young women golfers.

This year, with your help, the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund plans to provide twenty-five $5,000 scholarships to help young women attend college. Join us for an amazing day and SIGN UP NOW! Early Bird pricing available until June 30th.

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